This Month at Council: Patios, No Proxies, More Supportive Housing, and Patios(!)

At Guelph city council, March came in like a lion, and it went out like a… slightly smaller lion. Since the weather was (mostly) nice, it was perhaps unsurprising that this summer’s patio program took up so much of the meeting time this month, but there were other matters covered including more planning applications, and the mid-term governance review. Here’s the council recap from March. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Patios, No Proxies, More Supportive Housing, and Patios(!)”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 29, 2021

Let’s talk about patios again! You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for March 29, 2021”

VIDEO: A Call For Reasonable Compromise on the Patio Plan

Next Monday, city council will meet to ratify their decisions about the 2021-2023 patio program for downtown Guelph. Or change it. There’s been an undercurrent of dissatisfaction about the decision made to close downtown streets for special occasions only; some people want a summer-long closure, others want no closure or something in between. This has all the makings of A GREAT DEBATE! Continue reading “VIDEO: A Call For Reasonable Compromise on the Patio Plan”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 29 Meeting?

It’s the end of the month again, and that means it’s time for the regular meeting of city council. It may look like a short agenda, but looks can be deceiving, and this could be a long night with the return to the topic of downtown patios. Plus, there will be an additional motion that might see our local council back the near universal request to establish province-wide universal sick days. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 29 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for March 1, 2021

A COVID update and patios are among the topics for this meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here and here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for March 1, 2021”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 1 Meeting?

March begins with a Committee of the Whole meeting, and there’s going to be a lot of work to cover at this first council meeting of the month. There’s going to be a lot of reports from Governance to consider, plus a big report about this summer’s patio program, and the quarterly update about the City and Public Health’s COVID-19 response. In terms of council work, March is coming in like a lion! Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the March 1 Meeting?”

RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City

The State of the City address is an annual event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. It’s part political with a speech from the mayor, and it’s part networking and promotion for Chamber members, a chance for everyone to get together face-to-face. But this is 2021. This year, the State of the City was a virtual affair, and Mayor Cam Guthrie was forced to work harder to find the good news Guelph stories. How did he do? Continue reading “RECAP: Guthrie Finds the Good News from a Pandemic Year in State of the City”

This Month at Council: Back to Committee, Patio Emergency, and South End Crunch

Although everyone was still meeting remotely, council got back to something resembling a normal schedule with September’s slate of meetings. From a new pedestrian bridge, to an update on Guelph’s tree health, to an emergency meeting about patios and a development crunch in the south end of the city, it was a very busy month around the (virtual) horseshoe. Let’s recap the last month. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Back to Committee, Patio Emergency, and South End Crunch”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 21, 2020

It’s an emergency council meeting! You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 21, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?

This Monday was supposed to be an off-night for city council, but at almost literally the eleventh hour, Mayor Cam Guthrie will bring council together to decide if there will be an immediate future for the Downtown Dining District after Monday night. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 21 Meeting?”